Was Al Franken Sacrificed?

After Sen. Al Franken resigned yesterday, it begs the question, “Was he sacrificed”?

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Was Al Franken Sacrificed?

After Sen. Al Franken resigned yesterday, it begs the question, “Was he sacrificed”? I think he was! I think his fellow Democrats exerted so much pressure on Al Franken he was put in the unenviable position of having no other options. His only other option was to go forward with an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. I think he should have exercised that option, instead of just bowing out. However, he was faced with competition from both Democrats and Republicans.

Even though I will freely concede that he behaved in a sexist way and is guilty of sexual harassment, and should have to face some type of consequence, I will argue that forcing his resignation was excessive. Also, given that it was the Democrats who pressured him the most, Al Franken was stabbed in the back by his own party; something which the Democratic Party may one day regret. Sen. Al Franken was probably the most liberal legislator the Democrats had in the U.S. Senate. Maybe, that was the real motive for him being sacrificed in the way he was.

The resignation of Al Franken plays right into the hands of what I believe to be the direction of the Democratic Party. I truly believe that the Democratic Party doesn’t want too many liberals among its ranks. They want just enough to be able to keep on marketing themselves as the representatives of the middle class; something which has not been the case for many years. The treatment of Al Franken by his own party seems to be indicative of the current belief system of the Democratic Party; liberals are okay as long as they don’t rock the boat too much.

A good indicator of the current mentality of the Democratic Party is the shoddy way that the DNC is treating Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters. They and other Democrats who make the mistake of being “too liberal” are this either pushed to the periphery or eliminated entirely like Al Franken.

When I first heard that Sen. Al Franken was being accused of sexual harassment, I was very surprised because he doesn’t seem like the type of guy to do that. Also, when I heard that his accuser had been a member of Breitbart, I had a tendency to dismiss her as being not credible and probably a “plant” by the right-wing because they have hated Al Franken for years. However, when six more women came forth, one of them a liberal radio journalist, I couldn’t help but think, “what the hell, Al”? I must admit that I felt betrayed because Al Franken was somebody I could easily see myself supporting for president of the United States if he ever decided to run. Well, I guess I can forget about that!

The forcing of Al Franken to resign by his fellow Democrats may come back to bite them in the ass next November when the midterm congressional elections occur. Gov. Mark Dayton has already gummed up the works by saying that he will only appoint someone to fill Franken’s seat on the proviso that they do not seek to run for the seat permanently. In other words, Mark Dayton is willing to put the Minnesota Democratic Senate seat at risk by not appointing a strong political figure, but instead only a figurehead. What an idiot!

By doing this he may well leave it wide open for Republicans to be elected to the seat left vacant by the resignation of Al Franken. A strong Republican contender is already in place in the person of Norm Coleman, the person Al Franken defeated in 2008. At some point down the road, the Democratic Party may kick themselves in the ass; something which I hope doesn’t happen but if it does they will deserve it.

Another big thing that bothers me about this entire sexual harassment issue that is currently plaguing Congress is that it totally obscures the issue of Roy Moore. To put any sexual harassment that may have been committed by Al Franken and others on the same level as Roy Moore being a pedophile does a grave injustice to all of those who have not only been sexually harassed but victims of pedophiles. It’s like mixing apples and oranges. They just aren’t the same thing.

 

Donald Trump May Be Open to Obstruction of Justice Charge

It looks as though one of Donald Trump’s infamous tweets may have finally gotten him into real hot water.

Top Democrat Says Trump May Have Obstructed Justice, Based On His Own Tweets | HuffPost

Donald Trump May Be Open to Obstruction of Justice Charge

It looks as though one of Donald Trump’s infamous tweets may have finally gotten him into real hot water. On Meet the Press, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that Donald Trump may have left himself open to a charge of obstruction of justice, based on a tweet he made on Friday. Sen. Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is investigating Donald Trump for possible collusion with the Russians for the 2016 presidential election. Many people, including myself, think that Donald Trump is as guilty as sin of colluding with the Russians to help you win the 2016 presidential election.

Obstruction of justice, especially in this case involving a president of the United States, is a very serious charge. Donald Trump should be just as much open to a charge as your average citizen. Even though he may think so, Donald Trump is not above the law. No one is!

Here is the text of the infamous tweet that may well lead to the undoing of Donald Trump:

I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017

This begs the question if Donald Trump knew that Michael Flynn had lied wouldn’t his attempts to shut down the investigation by the FBI constitute obstruction of justice? To me, the answer is a very simple “yes”. Donald Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice and should be charged just like your average citizen. His office should not make him exempt from anything.

I am very glad to see that the house of cards that Donald Trump lives in is starting to collapse. It is very satisfying to see this racist/sexist getting closer to the rewards for his criminal behavior. As far as I’m concerned, Donald Trump is nothing more than a self-entitled, overprivileged, conceited silver spoon baby.

One thing that always has struck me about Donald Trump is his arrogance. He also has an extremely warped sense of this own importance, not to mention the scope of his powers. Donald Trump seems to think that just because he is president of the United States, he has limitless powers and can do anything he wants. He acts as though he has never taken a civics lesson in this life. Maybe, he will start to get some idea of his limits when they impeach him.

Hopefully, we will all get a chance to see them being spanked for his bad behavior.

 

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The GOP tax plan; Screwing Over the Working Class Once Again

The GOP tax plan, scheduled for a vote as early as this evening, will screw over the working class despite claims to the otherwise.

Leaked Congressional Analysis Shows GOP Bill Raises Taxes on Millions of Americans – Mother Jones

The GOP tax plan; Screwing Over the Working Class Once Again

The GOP tax plan, scheduled for a vote as early as this evening, will screw over the working class despite claims to the otherwise. Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP are hiding the fact that most of the benefits of the GOP tax plan will benefit the 1%, as usual. Why should we be surprised, especially at this point in our history?

A study by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) a governmental agency assigned to the task of analyzing tax bills and other legislation affecting taxes, revealed that 38% of American workers will not even get a tax break on the GOP tax plan. The Republican Party has worked overtime trying to use every accounting gimmick they can think of to deceive the American people into thinking that their tax plan will benefit the working class the most. In reality, the working class will get screwed over, as they usually do in these cases. This is sure especially given that the Republican Party has always been best friends to the wealthy while being enemies of the working class.

This really shows what a liar Donald Trump is when he claims that the GOP tax plan “will cost me a fortune”, especially since the majority of wealthy people won’t see a tax increase or may even benefit financially from the GOP tax plan. Any way you look at it, the GOP tax is a bad deal for working-class Americans.

If the GOP tax plan should pass through the Senate and House, the next step will probably be for the GOP to propose “entitlement reform” to make up for the huge deficit created by the GOP tax plan. This means that they will probably be going after Social Security, Medicare, SNAP, and other welfare programs as a way to balance a budget.

Working-class and poor Americans had better wake the hell up while we still have something left. If the GOP tax plan passes successfully, it will just be the start of a landslide that could bury all of us. As a socialist, I’m extremely angry that the working class seems to be asleep at the wheel once again. This thing must be stopped!

 

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Donald Trump Exploits Death To Promote Wall

Once again, President Donald Trump is exploiting the death of a person to promote his infamous wall.

Despite few available details, Trump rushes to exploit death of Border Patrol agent

Donald Trump Exploits Death To Promote Wall

Once again, President Donald Trump is exploiting the death of a person to promote his infamous wall. The most recent incident involves the death of a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent. CBP agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, was killed, and his partner was injured. Circumstances surrounding the incident are not really clear at this point. That being said, it is very inappropriate for Donald Trump to use this incident to make “political hay” and promote the building of a wall between Mexico and the United States. This is not the first time that Donald Trump has attempted to exploit a tragedy to further his racist agenda.

Last year’s death of Kate Steinle, who was shot by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco, was another occasion that Donald Trump tried explaining a tragedy to further his agenda and promote the idea of building a wall between the two countries. Despite the fact that Ms. Steinle’s family asked that her death not be exploited for political reasons, President Donald Trump went ahead and use the tragedy of her death a number of times during his campaign. He did not give a damn, but went ahead and disrespected the wishes of her family.  He has been pushing this ridiculous idea that a wall would somehow make us safer since his campaign for POTUS in 2016. My big question has always been, “safe from what?”

Donald Trump, during his presidential campaign”, stated that Mexicans are “rapists and killers”, even though there are absolutely no statistics given any evidence that what he says is true. People of Mexican descent are no more likely to commit crimes than people of other races. He is merely targeting Latinos, and other people of color, as scapegoats for the trouble in our society. My opinion is he is more threatened by the fact that wealthy rich white men are losing control of this country, and he can’t stand it because his thinly veiled racist nature simply won’t allow him to accept people who are different than him. His entire attitude smacks of Eurocentrism and all the evils that follow it.

Donald Trump is obviously racist against people who are not white, in this case, Latinos. There is no doubt about that. You just have to look at the people that the president associates with, and what they say and believe, to see that Donald Trump is very obviously prejudiced against people of color. He singled them out and picks on them at every given turn. He is willing to do anything to build his wall, despite the fact that it will not only be too expensive but has shown to be highly unpopular among most people in this country. Hopefully, this wall will collapse on top of him.

 

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks Again; Fuels Argument against Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone pipeline leaked 5000 barrels of food oil in Amherst, South Dakota.

Keystone pipeline spill pushes oil higher, fuels TransCanada opponents

Keystone Pipeline Leaks Again; Fuels Argument against Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone Pipeline leaked 5000 barrels of crude oil in Amherst, South Dakota. The pipeline will remain closed until given the approval my strengths are to reopen by the US Pipeline And Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This spill is the largest that has happened on the Keystone pipeline so far, and it will take quite a while to clean it up. This spill has added fuel to the fire against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which has not been built yet, even though it is been given approval by the Trump administration.

Even though this article seems to deal primarily with the economic effects of this leak, I am not going to spend much time on that particular aspect of this environmental disaster. Any oil spill is a disaster, no matter how small. However, my time is better spent dealing with the potential for a massive environmental disaster that could result if the Keystone XL pipeline is about to go forward. As far as I’m concerned, the Keystone pipeline, which has already been built and operating for quite a while, is the primary environmental threat. Hopefully, the Keystone XL pipeline will not be built, even though in my heart of hearts I know that it probably will be because fat-cat oil millionaires always seem to get their way.

That is why I’m not going to waste time talking about the economic impacts because I basically don’t give a tinker’s damn about whether or not a few greedy capitalists make money from their oil stocks. Having shown that they are the most of the economic prostitutes, or better put, corporate whores they are going to make their money no matter what I say. Why should I waste my time dealing with the obvious? However, the thought that TransCanada, the company that operates the pipeline, probably made millions of dollars from this oil spill makes me very angry.

Since the Keystone pipeline transports about 590,000 barrels of crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to US markets in Texas, there is no justification for the Keystone XL pipeline, which is basically a shortcut. Unfortunately, this shortcut goes right through the heart of the precious Ogallala aquifer go to previous form, the primary source of potable water in the entire Midwest. Several states depend on the Ogallala aquifer for water which they used to not only irrigate their crops but consume as drinking water. It would only take only a small amount of dirty tar sands oil to pollute this entire region, thus depriving a huge amount of people drinking water. Simply put, the Keystone XL pipeline is not worth the risk.

The Keystone pipeline is more than enough to supply crude oil from Alberta to Texas. Building the Keystone XL pipeline, which is basically a shortcut for the existing pipeline, is not only unjustified but potentially greatly hazardous to the environment. It should be stopped at all costs.

 

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Big Pharma Executive, Alex Azar, Nominated to Be Head of HHS

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Trump picks ex-pharma executive Azar to lead HHS – POLITICO

Big Pharma Executive, Alex Azar, Nominated to Be Head of HHS

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This nomination is to fill the vacancy left by Tom Price after it was revealed that he had misused public funds to pay for airline tickets. It was thought that former secretary Price may have used millions of taxpayers dollars to pay for his own personal travel expenses. Price resigned a couple of months ago.

The nomination of Alex Azar is considered quite controversial in some circles because Azar was the former Director of US Operations for the Eli Lilly, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. His nomination to head the cabinet department that is in charge of this country’s health care system, and other related services, begs the question of conflict of interest. In fact, it doesn’t just “begs the question of conflict of interest” it smacks of conflict of interest. Since Alex Azar is to be head of Cabinet department that will be directly dealing with pharmaceutical manufacturers (a.k.a. big Pharma),  can be fair in his decisions when dealing with big Pharma?

In my way of thinking, his nomination should be opposed based mostly on a potential conflict of interest. There was no way that I would ever trust a former executive from big Pharma as a person who could remain objective. I almost interpreted this as big Pharma hedging its bets against probable health care reform and restructuring; something this country sorely needs. His former association with the Eli Lilly, a company that has financially benefited from US tax breaks and subsidies over the years, should automatically drop Alex Azar from consideration.

The nomination of Alex Azar is being vehemently opposed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a person who has been an enemy of big Pharma for years. The opposition of Senator Sanders pretty much seals the deal for me, because I fully trust Bernie Sanders in his judgment. This is particularly true when it comes to dealing with big Pharma. I do not trust big Pharma, nor will I ever. They have ripped off people in this country for far too many years for anyone to trust them about anything.

In a statement from Senator Sanders, he says,”During Mr. Azar’s tenure at Eli Lilly, this multi-billion-dollar corporation dodged taxes while charging Americans outrageously high prices for life-saving prescription drugs. We need an HHS secretary who is willing to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drug prices, not one who has financially benefited from this greed.”

Since I agree 100% with Senator Bernie Sanders, especially the part about the greed of big Pharma, I think everyone who considers themselves to be a healthcare advocate should oppose this nomination. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another plot by big Pharma to put one of its own in power.

 

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Judge Roy Moore Exposed As A Sexual Degenerate

Judge Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, was exposed as a sexual degenerate after a woman claimed that he sexually assaulted her when she was 14.

Judge Roy Moore Exposed as a Sexual Degenerate

Judge Roy MooreJudge Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, was exposed as a sexual degenerate after a woman claimed that he sexually assaulted her when she was 14. Even though Roy Moore has been pressured by leaders of the Republican Party, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he has refused to do so.
Despite the allegations, he is going forward with his Senate campaign. No one should be surprised by either his or hypocrisy or his refusal to drop out of the race. He denies the incident even happened and had gone so far as to blame Democrats for concocting this rumor. It never ceases to amaze me how people like Judge Roy Moore blame everyone else for problems they created. It’s always easier to blame someone else than it is to own your shit.

If it weren’t for the statute of limitations, Judge Roy Moore would probably be heading to jail if there were any real justice in this world. Sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl is just about as low as you can get. However, this child molester is going to be running for the U.S. Senate.

If that wasn’t enough, Roy Moore sits on the Alabama Supreme Court and has made many controversial rulings, especially when it comes to sexual matters. He has been kicked off the bench twice for refusing to follow US Supreme Court orders, among them decisions in favor of same-sex marriage and transgender rights. Now, we find out that Roy Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. Another fucking hypocrite!

Since the election is scheduled for December, the Republicans are probably stuck with Roy Moore because it is legally too late for them to change candidates. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has even initiated a write-in campaign for Luther Strange, the man Judge Roy Moore defeated in the primary election. How’s that for desperation? Democratic Party opponent, Doug Jones, must be dancing in celebration because he was shown to be behind in the polls.

For some reason, I sincerely doubt that Judge Roy Moore is the only member of the Republican Party who is guilty of some “sexual impropriety.” Just look at the “man” who sits in the White House, who himself is a well-known sexual predator.

 

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